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Hbf Ray F
Liberty, KY, USA   USA
I am about to start on a full restoration of a Longbridge 100/6. Main body rust repair work is to be done around the rear floors, sills and door rear shut pillar area.

i have been researching availability and prices of the bits that I need. I find some differences in prices. Also, comments on the web about having to fettle parts to get a proper fit. My question to the reader is this: which is the best supplier/manufacturer of Healey replacement panels and is there a price/quality trade-off or are they all much of a muchness?

Advice and guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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sliproc Kevin Quistberg E
Long Beach, CA, USA   USA
Ray,

It's been my experience that if you can repair the existing body panels that's the best way to go. These original panels already fit your car. When it comes to reassembly it will be much easier to get things to line up, especially your outer body panels(doors, fenders, hood, trunk lid, etc.) Undoubtedly you'll run into some totally rotted parts that will have to be replaced, but I'd keep that to an absolute minimum if possible.

When I restored my Healey I decided to replace my rumpled left front fender with a new one. It looked great, it just didn't fit like the original, I'm sure an expert body man could have made it work. So I went back and pounded and filled and sanded and long blocked the original until it was right. It took a long time and was a pain in the ass, but when I was done it fit great and looks beautiful under the paint. Also, it's cheaper to repair panels than to replace them. Just my two cents, your car, your choice.

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rusty1c Peter D
Antioch, CA, USA   USA
1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 "RUBY"
1963 Chevrolet C10 "Rusty"
Ray,
From what I have read and heard on the forum and from talking to other Healey owners the only way to go if you have to replace panels are those made in Australia by Kilmartin. I believe Moss sells them as well as any reputable parts supplier. If you have a choice when you buy replacement panels ask where they are made. I used some of their interior panels during my restoration and never had an issue with poor fit. Here is a link to their website.
Pete

http://www.kas-kilmartin.com.au/Austin%20Healey.htm

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Hbf Ray F
Liberty, KY, USA   USA
Thanks for the good advice contained in your replies.

Fortunately all the major work on on my car is needed only on the inner body/frame. The outer panels have some rust damage but only minor, so they will be repaired.

I think I will go with the Kilmartin panels. British Car Specialists in Stockton CA seem to carry the full line of Kilmartin Parts and they have a catalog with prices so it makes it easy to inventory and cost the needed items.

Thanks again for the input.

San Jose, CA, USA   USA
I ordered some panels direct from Kilmartin and found that, even with shipping, it is less expensive to buy from them. I would at least price the differences.

Bob

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rusty1c Peter D
Antioch, CA, USA   USA
1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 "RUBY"
1963 Chevrolet C10 "Rusty"
Ray,
British Car Specialists in Stockton Gets his Kilmartin parts from Moss as he is a distributor for Moss Motors. I found this supplier up in Portland, Oregon.
Toms Import Toy Sales and Service. It is a family run business and they also gets their parts from Moss. The difference is that Tom gives a 15% discount on all the Moss prices shown in the Moss catalog and there is no sales tax as well. He also passes on any sale price discounts as well. Since you are going to pay for the shipping anyway consider that a wash. He has over 40 years of Healey experience and is a wonderland of knowledge. He usually has a good supply of used parts as well. He helped me a lot when I restored my car and has since become a good friend.
Peter

http://tomsimport.com/new/index.asp

Hbf Ray F
Liberty, KY, USA   USA
Thanks to all your your input.

I have written to Kilmartin asking whom they supply to in the US. they replied that their US agents are British Car Specialists in CA, Healey Surgeons in Maryland and Moss Motors.

The fist two agents have catalogs and US $ prices. Moss motor does not seem to distinguish whether the panels are Kilmartin or not.

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rusty1c Peter D
Antioch, CA, USA   USA
1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 "RUBY"
1963 Chevrolet C10 "Rusty"
Ray,
You can easily distinguish the difference between the Kilmartin brand from the Asian made panels in the Moss catalog. For instance if you go to the section that shows the inner structural panels and click on the trunk floor (98) it will bring up two prices for the same part. The more expensive one is the Kilmartin the lesser is Asian. With regards to Tom's Import Toy Sales supplying your parts, he is a distributor for everything that is in the Moss catalog so just email him a list of the part numbers from the Moss catalog and he will get them on their way. Try this small test.
Make a list of your part numbers and add up the prices. Add another 9% for California sales tax. That is what you'll pay if you buy from Moss.
With the same list totaled up subtract 15% from the total. There will be no California sales tax added because he is in Oregon and you get the 15% discount. This is what you will pay if you buy through Tom.
Just trying to save you some money as I know how it quickly $$$'s add up during a restoration.
Pete

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